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    Which way should I face my Roto-Pax?

    I made a mount for my Roto-Pax gas can and I keep changing my mind on which way to face the can.

    My first inclination was filler/spout side facing right-hand rear so when the bike is on the kickstand the fuel will not be against the cap.

    Then, because I seem to have trouble getting the cap tight enough to always get a perfect seal I am wondering if I should face the filler/spout end the other direction even though it would be on the low side. Reason being, no hot exhaust on the low side.

    What are your thoughts?

    Also, how can I assure that I get a good, tight seal on that cap?


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    Quote Originally Posted by dette View Post
    Also, how can I assure that I get a good, tight seal on that cap?
    My Kolpin tank came with two caps. One regular cap and one spout/filler cap. The regular cap would seal, the spout/filler cap wouldn't. If you've got a regular cap, try that one.
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    gasoline. The ignition temperature is about 495° F- you can mount it any way you want, you need a more Manley grip! or channel lock plies.
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    Hey Dette, what does a walrus and Tupperware both have in common ? They both like a tight seal !
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    In that configuration, I'd go with the spout on the low side. One to keep it away from the muffler (I'll keep gasoline as far from any ignition sources as possible, regardless of ignition temps) , and two if it leaked it looks like it would drip to the ground rather than possibly on the bike. I wouldn't take it if I didn't trust it though. No point in carrying extra fuel if it doesn't stay contained and escapes before you use it.

    Check the gasket and make sure it's not cracked or damaged, and the mouth of the can and inside the lid is smooth. If both surfaces are good, it should seal.
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    The first time I used this fuel can I put two gallons in it and had it leak a little. This morning, I put one gallon in, tightened it as tight as I could, rode about 30 twisty miles and, so far, no leak.

    I think I need to start working out because I'm a weakling and just don't have a lot of wrist strength. This becomes clear to me every time I want to open a jar of pickles or jam....lol.

    So, I don't think the Roto-Pax can has a problem, the problem is me

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    How did you mount it to the rack. I've been looking for this kind of setup.

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    I forget what they are called ,but , they are made of rubber ( thin rubberish material ) and you place it around the cap your trying too open . This may assist you in getting all you can from your current grip ability .
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    Frog13, something like this? Mine are called "grip wrench" and come in two sizes.Very handy for hard to grab-n-twist things like water filter housings, automotive oil filters, large pvc pipe, etc...
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    How many gallon Roto-Pax can is that?

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